Surfside Beach man charged in domestic dispute, house burglary

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 3, 2013 

— Police charged a Surfside Beach man after his dentures and shirt were found in a home he is accused of breaking into.

Raymond A. Azar, 41, is facing charges of first-degree burglary, petty larceny, malicious damage to property, third-degree assault and battery and criminal domestic violence, according to police. Officers from Surfside Beach and Horry County arrested him about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Surfside Beach police charged Azar with the property damage and burglary charges, while Horry County police filed the assault charges.

Horry County police were called to a home on Glenn’s Bay Road early Wednesday for a domestic dispute and when they arrived Azar had left the area, said Rodney L. Keziah, interim Surfside Beach Police chief, said in a release.

Later, a woman at the home called police to report she received a telephone call from Azar and investigators were able to trace the number to a home on Oak Drive South.

When officers went to that home they found the front storm door glass broken and an oval decorative window in the front door removed, according to the police report. Officers searched the home and did not find Azar inside. He was found later hiding under a home at 208 Willow Drive South, police said.

When officers checked the home on Oak Drive South, they found a shirt that Azar said was his and a partial set of dentures on the nightstand in the home’s master bedroom, according to the report. At the Surfside Beach Jail, Azar told police he left the items in the house, but denied breaking into the house.

Azar told police he attended a party at the home, according to the report. Police also found evidence of food cooked recently in the home. The owner of the home told police no one had been there since October.

Damage to the home was estimated at $1,015.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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